Thursday, 23 April 2015

Thursday 23rd April 2015

Weather;  Fine and sunny, rather hazy. Wind very light NE to NW   F1-2.

Summer migrants continued to arrive in the Leasowe lighthouse area today with good numbers of Whitethroats and Sedge Warblers now singing from regularly occupied territories. One or two Reed Warblers are in full song in the area of the pond. 5 Grasshopper Warblers were also reeling from various locations although most of these will probably move on.

The first Lesser Whitethroats arrived this morning with 2 in Carr Lane and another 2 along the nature trail. 

Around 30 Wheatears moved through in the course of the day, most being in the paddocks. 3 White Wagtails were also here and a Whinchat and a male Redstart were in the inland fields opposite. Another male Redstart was in Park Lane while a male Ring Ouzel spent much of the day in the Lingham Lane paddocks. A single Tree Pipit was in Kerr's field.

Good numbers of Blackcaps continue to pass through with a total of 29 birds logged today. Around 15 Willow Warblers and 10 Chiffchaffs were also in the area.

Female Wheatear. Many of the Wheatears now passing through appear to be of the large Greenland race.  EW
Hirundine passage was again rather sparse today with a small movement of 20 Swallows and 9 Sand Martins moving east along the embankment in the mid afternoon. Observers;  AMC, DH, JJ, MS, EW.
Chiffchaff      EW

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